Microsoft pledges $25 million to development of AI that makes life easier for the disabled
Tech giant Microsoft has announced that it will invest $25 million to develop technology that will make life easier for disabled people. The company revealed its “AI For Accessibility” initiative during the annual developer conference in Seattle.
“By innovating for people with disabilities, we are innovating for us all,” said Microsoft President Brad Smith about the program. “By ensuring that technology fulfills its promise to address the broadest societal needs, we can empower everyone — not just individuals with disabilities — to achieve more.”
The initiative takes special interest in specifically harnessing AI technology to help the disabled, similarly to how it is utilized in real-time text-to-speech programs and predictive-text capabilities.